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Increase in Job Cuts at Jamaica Hotels

  • 08-Sep-09 09:37
  • Jamaica
  • Holiday Industry

The recession is creating more and more damage to Jamaica's travel industry, after a statement announced that a reduction in staff members will take place at a Jamaica hotel. The Grand Bahia Principe has not yet revealed how many jobs will be cut

Increase in Job Cuts at Jamaica Hotels

The ongoing recession is still very much affecting the travel industry and Jamaica hotels after a recent announcement stated that more staff members will be cut at a Spanish owned hotel. The Grand Bahia Principe, located near Runaway Bay, St Ann in Jamaica have not yet said how many jobs will be cut but there could be as many as 172 staff members losing their jobs.

The hotel was only opened last year and has since had to contend with issues from environmental agencies and the collapse of a large wall which killed two people. The 1900 room Spanish owned hotel has had problems with occupancy levels which is thought to be the main reason for the job cuts.

The news has come not long after another hotel, the Iberostar Rose Hall Beach Hotel in Negril, Westmoreland, announced that one of their properties has had to recently close down, which was also due to low occupancy levels. The hotel's plans to send 300 members of staff home were postponed after the company union intervened and an agreement has been made to wait 30 days to allow time to review the effects of the global recession.

Fewer people have been booking Jamaica holidays over the last year because of the economical crisis and as a result of this many Jamaica hotels and resorts are suffering financially. It is hoped that the opening of a new 700 room hotel in March next year, the Secrets Hotel and the Palmyra, will help find jobs for those who have recently been made unemployed.

Despite the recent bad news, tourism officials remain optimistic and it is hoped that as the world is slowly coming out of the recession, occupancy levels in hotels in Jamaica and hotels all over the world will see a significant rise in numbers and a boost in travel and tourism to the beautiful region.

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